THE HARSH reality of the recession in Thurrock was laid bare by the GMB union at their congress in Brighton today (Monday) as they revealed that Thurrock tops the league in the East of England with more than ten unemployed claimants chasing each job vacancy.
There are 10.7 unemployed workers chasing each live unfilled job vacancy in Thurrock the GMB Congress in Brighton was told this morning. This makes
Thurrock top of the Eastern league with the highest ratio of claimants to unfilled job vacancies.
In Thurrock there are 4,354 unemployed claimants chasing 408 unfilled job vacancies. Next in the league in terms of number of claimants for each unfilled vacancy are Peterborough 6.5; Southend-on-Sea 6.3; Luton 6.2 and Bedford 6.0.
These figures are contained in a GMB analysis of official unemployment and vacancy data for April 2011 published today to coincide with a debate at the
GMB Congress on a new ground breaking GMB report entitled “A Fresh Way Forward for the UK Economy”.
Full reaction to follow.